gather round and let me tell you a story. It's about a boy who when he was
young his parents took him to an amazing place called Alton Towers, the year
was 1994, and an amazing roller coaster had opened called Nemesis. It blew
that boy away, it dwarfed anything he'd ever ridden before in terms of
thrills and sheer excitement.
Over 20 years passed, and that boy became a man. Although he now had to
worry about things like jobs and paying taxes his enthusiasm for roller
coasters remained. In all that time though he'd never ridden a steel coaster
that was more amazing than Nemesis, sure he'd ridden a couple of wooden
ones, and a few steel ones had come close, but surely after all this time
Nemesis would always be the best steel he'd ever ride.
Then one day he visited another amazing place called Parc Asterix. It had
many amazing rides, and characters that took him back to many of the books
he read as a child, plus an amazing new themed Egyptian area.
The theming was spectacular, easily ranking among the best theming he'd ever
seen at a theme park. What really caught his eye though was an amazing new
roller coaster called OzIris. He realised it was the same type of ride as
his favourite coaster Nemesis, with trains
under the track and taking on an amazing collection of loops, twists and
turns. He joined the queue and as he walked around the first part he
observed in amazement how OzIris used the terrain and went through tunnels
just like his favourite coaster. He then entered the second half of the
queue, themed as an Egyptian tomb under the loading station. He saw some
amazingly detailed and well done sets, telling the story of an Egyptian
sorcerer who turned the arms of his followers into wings, granting them the
power to fly.
Soon (well after a 30 minute queue) he was on the train, climbing up the
hill lift. The train dove down the first drop, and immediately he was struck
by the intensity and the speed which this ride tore around the track. This
was done around a near perfect layout design that provided plenty of
variety, at no point ever getting dull.
After leaving the amazing ride he asked himself was that better than
Nemesis. It was good enough to make him think about it. He knew he had to
find out, so after he'd made his way round the rest of the park the first
place he headed to for a repeat ride was OzIris. Now the initial mourning
rush was over the queue had got quite a bit shorter. He was on the hill
lift, having got the back
of the train, knowing the track would now be suitably warmed up, if this
ride was capable of beating Nemesis this would be it. The train dove down
the first drop again, and what followed was the most amazing, intense and
thrilling steel coaster he'd ever ridden. As he walked away he knew that
after 20 years
he'd finally found something he thought he might never find, it was an
incredibly close run thing but he had a new favourite steel coaster. He then
continued to ride it repeatedly, until his body could take no more. Sure he
had limited time, and there was other stuff he would have liked to have done
more goes on, but the pull of the might OzIris was too much to resist.
that is the story of how Nemesis was finally beaten as my number one steel
coaster. It goes without saying that I can't recommend this ride enough.
It's got to be on your to do list at some point. It helps that you can get
to Paris from the UK relatively cheaply. It helps of course that it's in a
great park (as long as you avoid it on really busy days) with plenty of
other great rides, but you could put this in an absolutely terrible park,
and it would still be worth the effort to get to ride this. Not just a
simple must do, but absolutely essential to the roller coaster enthusiast.